There’s a long history of Civilization board games, from a 1980 title that kinda inspired the video game series to a number of versions (in 2002 and 2010) that have in turn been based on the video games. We can now add one more to the list, this time based loosely on Civilization VI.
Sid Meier’s Civilization: A New Dawn is coming from Fantasy Flight towards the end of the year, and from the announcement I can’t see too much to differentiate it from the 2010 edition (most of the Civ board games stick pretty closely to the same main themes), though the use of specific focuses here (you can gain cards for culture, science, industry, economy and military) seems cool.
One thing that’s obviously changed over the last seven years are the game’s visuals, though, with this latest version sporting the leaders and icons from last year’s Civilization VI. The game area has also been streamlined a lot as well, and in keeping with these more modern times, the old grid-based random map has been replaced with a hex map. About the only thing missing to make this a complete “port” of Civ VI is the lack of districts.
New Dawn is due in Q4 of this year, and is for 2-4 players. We’ll take a closer look at the final product when it’s out.